NEW ORLEANS – Air Force juniors Mickey Davey and Jaci Smith earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association this morning (Feb. 9). The pair were two of the 269 student-athletes (100 men, 169 women) from the Division I level to earn academic honors.
In order to qualify for individual academic citation, athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish within the top 25 of the regional meet or earn All-America honors at the NCAA Championships.
Davey became the 12th runner in Air Force history to garner All-America honors at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships after finishing 18th out of 254 runners this past November. After placing eighth at the regional, Davey recorded the program’s best individual finish in the national race since 1995. In addition, he is the first member of the men’s team to earn USTFCCCA academic honors since 2010.
Smith captured academic honors for the second-straight year after finishing sixth at the Mountain Regional for the second all-region selection of her career. The junior, who used that finish to advance to the NCAA Championships, is the first Division I athlete to garner multiple academic awards from the USTFCCCA – and the first at any division since Renae Bartolone in 1992-94.